Backyard Cubby Play Everyday – Week 8

Get ready to get wet and wild, as this week we are setting the kids to work, transforming your YARDart Cubby into a Cubby Car Wash!

As the weather heats up, why not cool down, create some bubbles and have heaps of fun with your own backyard cubby car wash? The kids will love splashing in the suds, using a bit of elbow grease and scrubbing their beloved cubby clean. You could even gather some of their other favourite garden toys (e.g. bikes and balls) and give them a good wash too!

Your Cubby Car Wash Kit

  • Large bucket
  • Water
  • Washing up liquid (or soap of your choice)
  • Sponges
  • Old hand towels
  • Large paint brushes (optional for your very thorough cleaners!)
  • Garden hose (optional)

You can encourage the children to decide on a ‘price’ for their labour and advertise their Cubby Car Wash on their YARDart Cubby’s chalk boards.

Once everyone has finished with the sponges and bubbles and your cubby is looking sparkling clean, it is a good idea to give it a final rinse with a few buckets of clean water or the garden hose. The kids can then dry off their cubby and add a little extra shine using old hand towels.

Money Maths

If age-appropriate, practising ‘selling’ and ‘giving change’ as part of their cubby car wash service, using real coins is a fantastic way to practise simple counting and money mathematical concepts!

Safety First!

  • Remember, children and toddlers can drown in only a bucket or small puddle of water. Children of all ages must be actively supervised, particularly when around and engaging in water activities.
  • As the weather warms, be sure to run the garden hose away from the children first to flush out any water that has been heating up in the hose whilst in the sun.

I hope I have given you a few handy tips and play ideas and promise to be back this time next week with a brand-new play theme for backyard cubby play. In the meantime, if you missed last week’s blog, check it out here: Week 7

Anya Imhoff (nee Perkins) – Mum, teacher, ‘Mrs YARDart’ and Education Coordinator, Nature Play QLD.

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